Category Archives: Scottish

Ian Rankin, Knots and Crosses (1987)

As some of you guessed, the quotations of the other day were from the first Scottish Inspector Rebus police procedural. I could have added the following paragraph about the setting: “Edinburg slept on, as it had slept on for hundreds … Continue reading

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Tony Black, Truth Lies Bleeding (2011)

This Scottish police procedural is the first DI Rob Brennan mystery. The opening lines: “The girl´s screams were enough to give away their hiding place. It took a lot of noise, a racket, to have heads popping out of windows … Continue reading

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Lin Anderson, Driftnet (2003)

This Scottish thriller is the first in the Rhona MacLeod series. Forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod visits a crime scene where a handsome young rentboy has been brutally killed. Afterwards she cannot just put the case aside: “The boy who had … Continue reading

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Denise Mina, Still Midnight (2009)

This Scottish police procedural is the first in the Alex Morrow series. Meet Pat and Eddy, two old pals from Glasgow: “They´d watched films together, met and dumped women together, went to the gym together and, in the manner of … Continue reading

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M.C. Beaton, Death of a Perfect Wife (1989)

The other night I picked a more serious crime story from my shelf after a long exam day, but when I had tried to read the first paragraph five times, I put it down and settled for this one. This … Continue reading

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Val McDermid, A Distant Echo (2003)

This psychological thriller is regarded as a stand-alone, but McDermid recycles police officers from other novels, e.g. Karen Pirie who reappears in “A Darker Domain” In 1978 Pretty young Rosie Duff is raped and stabbed and left to die in … Continue reading

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Val McDermid, Star Struck (1998)

(I know this is not a review, but I also use my blog to keep track of what I read when so what you see is what you get). I read the 6th Kate Brannigan mystery in one day and … Continue reading

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Aline Templeton, The Darkness and the Deep (2006)

This police procedural, set in Galloway, Scotland, is the second DI Marjory Fleming mystery. The first aspect of this story that captured my interest was the characters: “Dr Ashley Randall, her striking, pale blue eyes cold, looked with distaste at … Continue reading

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>Sophie Hannah, Hurting Distance (2007)

> This thriller is the Scottish poet and writer´s seventh novel. Though Naomi Jenkins only gets three hours a week together with her lover, she feels happy and expectant, certain Robert will leave his wife soon and begin a new … Continue reading

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>John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)

> This so-called dime novel is the Scottish writer´s debut. After several years in South Africa Richard Hannay feels terribly bored by the London weather and his countrymen. “…the amusements of London seemed as flat as soda-water that has been … Continue reading

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